LEGO Lord of the Rings — Then King of the Golden Hall

LEGO builder Cameron Wilson has constructed this lovely version of Edoras (King Theoden's capital in Rohan) from The Lord of the Rings and it's a wonderful bit of work. I strongly recommend you click through to Wilson's post where he has a bunch more detail photos (including inside the hall where Gandalf faces down Wormtongue) and a surprising easter egg. You can find that  over at MOCPages.

LEGO The Hobbit — The Company

It's been a while since I posted a good #LEGO build for people to enjoy and it's time to correct that with this impressive set of characters from The Hobbit (Peter Jackson movie versions). The entire of Thorin Oakenshield's company is on display here and the scale used to build them allows for a lot of detail. Pate-keetongu has done a phenomenal job with all of these builds. Apparently it took him most of two years, but you can easily see where the time went. Make sure you clic through to see the closeup shots of the individual dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf. Source: Cyclopicbricks - Hobbitsplosion

LEGO Game Of Thrones — House Stark Sigil

It's becoming almost passe to do artistic variations on the sigils of the various houses from Game of Thrones. But this one is worth bringing to your attention for a few reasons. First of all it's LEGO and that makes everything cooler. But also it's extremely well executed as a poster. The image takes advantage of the three dimensional nature of the Dire Wolf sigil to cast shadows and texture across itself and then emphasizes that further by placing it on a stark black background. Finish that off with carefully crafted text using the "Winter Is Coming" slogan and you have a very striking poster. Its harsh simplicity very much embodies …Read more  »

LEGO Star Wars Cosplay — LEGO Boba Fett

How about that for a geek triumvirate headline? Yes this is a cosplay of the LEGO Star Wars minifigure of the galaxy's least competent bounty hunter Boba Fett as lovingly created by CGS1 for his son. Even I think it's really cool and I think Boba Fett is the third lamest character in Star Wars. It's probably the most convincing LEGO minifigure cosplay I've seen to date Source: TheDentedHelmet - LEGO Boba Fett Costume

LEGO Star Wars — Darth Malgus Lands On Hoth

Christoffer Östberg or East Mountain as he goes by on Flickr produces LEGO imagery that can only be described as beautiful. They're also wonderfully geeky and Star Wars related which is a bonus. It's the attention to detail which puts these photographs over the top though. Sure they're using some good LEGO Star Wars models, but look at this one for example. The carefully moody lighting with shadows cast. The snow falling. Christoffer has created a real atmosphere with the staging of this shot. Something that tells a story as well as showing off the LEGO models. Really lovely work and there's lots more of it. Source: Flickr - Hoth Darth …Read more  »

LEGO Sci-Fi — The Settlement on Epherna 1

Here's a creative use of the micro-scale building style to present a whole city (and not just any city but a futuristic space port) in a tiny space. Tim Clark has done some great work with this build giving a real sense of a big, busy city complete with buildings and a biodome. And then he's topped it off with a couple of micro-scale spaceships either coming in to land or taking off Source: Flickr - Settlement on Epherna 1

LEGO Princess Bride — The Final Duel

Inigo Montoya: Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. Count Rugen: Stop saying that! A movie classic skillfully recreated by a group of nine LEGO builders as part of a 14 vignette collaboration depicting scenes from The Princess Bride. This one is called The Final Duel and of course shows us Inigo Montoya as he finally faces the 6 fingered man (Count Rugen) who killed his father. Source: Flickr - The Final Duel - Inigo vs. Count Rugen

LEGO Superheroes — Green Arrow

Obviously LEGO have been selling a variety of superhero sets for some time now under license from both DC Comics and Marvel Comics. But this build by Nicolas Picot is something very different and oh so impressive. For a start it's about 20 inches in height and if that's not enough there are 44 points of articulation which is more than many action figures have. Yes, this is a posable LEGO figure of Green Arrow. And from the lack of hood and yellow fuzz on the chin I'd guess this is the comic book version rather than the WB's Arrow (though I like that version just fine too). Nicolas Picot …Read more  »

LEGO Spaceships — Reckless Abandon

Spaceships are cool. LEGO is cool. LEGO Spaceships are...  kinda neat. This build by Chris Maddison is a very distinctive and rather alien looking spaceship that he calls the Reckless Abandon. Chris has used the classic LEGO Space color scheme and the centerpiece light brick (which gives it that alien feel) the result is an extremely stylish fighter ship. Source: Flickr - Reckless Abandon

LEGO Architecture: The White House (21006) 28% Off

I love the LEGO Architecture series (as does my son Jamie). These micro-scale builds are not only remarkably accurate to the building they are based on, but they come with a cool booklet that gives a lot of background information about the building. Set 21006, The White House is a good example of what the Architecture series is all about. Because of the small scale the details are obviously limited, but once built you have something that you could very easily sit on your desk or shelf for display. Plus it's thematically appropriate for the day! - LEGO Architecture: The White House (21006)

LEGO Bible — And The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Jericho. No, this is neither the wrestler nor the tv series. We'are actually referring to the Bible here. At first glance this might seem like a rather boring build. After all it's just a grey wall. But take a moment to look at it. The way the tumbling bricks are posed, frozen in motion, is both artful and clever. It's also extremely difficult given the limitations of building with LEGO. Now look again and notice the minifigures trapped in the wall, being crushed as it falls down. The builder mpoh98 did a phenomenal job within the limitations of the build (a mere 16 x 16 area). I had not seen this …Read more  »

LEGO Superman

LEGO minifigures are cute, but sometimes you want to go bigger when you're building a figure. Which is exactly what Riccardo Zangelmi has done here. Presenting The Last LEGO Son of Krypton... Kal-El or Superman. This doesn't qualify as a full statue and so by necessity it's minimalist on the details but the figure is instantly recognisable and he even manage to get the spit curl in there. Source: Flickr - Superman

LEGO Dungeons & Dragons — The Beholder

The Beholder is one of the most iconic (do you see what I did there?) monsters in Dungeons and Dragons. Essentially it's a giant floating eyeball with a big mouth and a bunch of tentacles (also with little eyes) attached to it. It was first introduced to D&D all the way back in the Greyhawk expansion in 1975 and unlike so many of the early monsters it is actually a D&D original, not something that was inspired by a book or movie or fairytale. It's a well known enough monster that it even got three computer games named after it. But I don't think it's ever been cute before. Not until Guy …Read more  »

LEGO History — Rorke’s Drift

As well as all the cool fantastical stuff that people come up with and the architecture builds, you also get some historical dioramas built out of LEGO. Like this recreation of the battle of Rorke's Drift in which approximately 150 British and Colonial troops held out against 3,000 - 4,000 Zulu warriors. An impressive feat by anyone's standards and immortalized on film Zulu starring Michael Caine (watch it, it's great). Now you can certainly argue that 1) The British had no business being there in the first place (do you have a flag?) and 2) They behaved in a beastly fashion both before and after. But as a singular moment in …Read more  »

LEGO The Hobbit — Smaug the Golden

This LEGO build of Smaug from The Hobbit (not modeled on the movie specifically) is suitably imposing to look at. Its creator Shawn Snyder says that the model is 28" from head to tail with a 35" wingspan. It is intended to be used as part of a larger LEGO diorama of Smaug's attack on Lake Town (Oops! Spoilers for a 77 year old story!). For all that I think its an impressive model in its own right. Source: Flickr - Smaug

LEGO Ideas Research Institute Set Revealed

Well this is cool. LEGO have not only released some images of their Research Institute set for the LEGO Ideas range but they had Alatariel (the designer of the concept for LEGO Ideas) present and review it. As with all LEGO Ideas concepts it has undergone some adaptation from original presentation to actual execution, but it seems that Alatariel is pretty happy with how things have gone and it does seem to have stuck fairly closely to the original design. No word on the price yet though. You can see more photos and read Alatariel's full review at her blog. Source: LEGO Ideas 21110 Research Institute – Review by Alatariel

LEGO Futurama — Life Sized LEGO Bender Statue

Well the title really told you all you needed to know in this case didn't it? [gallery type="rectangular" ids="119553,119554,119555"] This is a 6 foot tall LEGO statue of Bender from Futurama created by Adrian Drake and containing something like 20,000 bricks. But if that doesn't impress you for some reason, perhaps the fact that it has a drinks compartment in its torso will? Still not impressed? What about the alternative Richard Nixon head (as built by Simon Liu)? Source: Flickr - Bender

LEGO Knight Rider — Kitt

Knight Rider. A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law. The opening narration for Knight Rider didn't remotely resemble the tone of the actual show. But it was really cool. And the other cool thing about Knight Rider was the car... KITT. Wouldn't you love to have  LEGO model of that car? Then you may wish to pop over to LEGO Ideas and offer your support. Given the modest scale of this design, I think …Read more  »

Microscale LEGO Helms Deep, Minas Tirith and Bag End

I'm always impressed by people who can build LEGO structures at microscale. You've got so few bricks to work with that you have to somehow strip out all the intricate details form an object and yet still get across what makes it distinctive. Which is exactly what builder Barton Thinks has done with his microscale recreations of Helm's Deep and Minas Tirith from The Lord of the Rings. If you've watched the movies, you can pretty much immediately recognize these castles. They are quite brilliant in their simplicity. His (non-castle obviously) microscale Bag End is equally impressive. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="119505,119506,119507"] Barton Thinks has produced a lot of other microscale creations outside …Read more  »

The LEGO Movie Batwing

There were lots of cool things in The LEGO Movie and one of them was the Batwing that Batman flew throughout the movie.  So Brickmasta decided to recreate it out of actual LEGO bricks. He worked on it for about 3 months and estimates between 1,400 and 1,600 bricks were used to build his version of the Batwing. And he's done a wonderful job with it. Obviously Batman gives you very limited color options (black and grey) but all the elements from the movie are there from the jet flames to the missiles. All the characters even fit in the cockpit so it's correctly to minifig scale. Don't you just …Read more  »

LEGO Spaceballs!

Over on Flickr LEGO builder Chris Rozek has posted photos of his miniland sized Spaceballs LEGO builds and they are brilliant. There's not a lot more I really need to say here. The models are instantly recognizable. Everyone you'd expect is present (Dark Helmet, Princess Vespa, Barf, Dot Matrix) and he's accurately recreated the camper van... I mean Eagle 5. Check out all the photos on his Flickr account. Source: Flickr - Spaceballs! The Group Shot

LEGO Diorama — Olympus

Okay, that's impressive. Mount Olympus. Home of the pantheon of Greek Gods. Built out of LEGO and lit up at night. Some really nice building by El Barto. You can't tell from this particular photo, but click through to MOC Pages and you'll discover that each of the Gods is in place in Olympus. You'll also get to see lots of cool build photos about how exactly this all went together. Source: MOCPages - 2014 VLUG Odyssey - Mount Olympus

LEGO Steampunk — Vampire Hunter Tank

Because sometimes a stake and some holy water just isn't enough to take down the vampire hordes. No... what you need is a good solid steampunk tank to mow down the ranks of the LEGO undead. Castor Troy has actually designed an entire range of steampunk styled vampire hunting vehicles. If I was Dracula, I'd be a little bit scared right now. On the other hand, having seen photos of the LEGO Vampire Castle that Castor Troy is building (it's a WIP going on a year so far) this machinery still may not be enough. Source: Vampire Hunter: The Tank

LEGO Disney — Maleficent Bust

Hmm, that title could be easily misread... But really this is a magnificent LEGO bust of Maleficent. Specifically as portrayed by Angelina Jolie in the recent move Maleficent As the builder DAMBAEK C notes, it's challenging to define things like cheekbones out of LEGO. But he's managed it and the result is instantly recognizeable and unmistakably Maleficent Source: MOCPages - Maleficent (bust)

Lego Spaceships — Space Ninjas!

This ship is called the Whitefang and while I'm not entirely clear on the practical properties of it being shaped like a dragon, it is undoubtedly incredibly cool. Apparently there's a whole backstory to this but I think the key thing to take away is that they're a clan of space ninjas and their spaceships are shaped like dragons. Which makes this one of the coolest LEGO builds ever. Brilliant design work by BobDeQuatre. Source: Flickr - Whitefang